BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has a new deputy director.
Former state legislator Duane DeKrey began in the position Jan. 1.
Game and Fish had been without a deputy director since June, when Roger Rostvet retired after serving in the role since 1998.
State Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand says DeKrey has the ability to integrate the department's current views as well as provide a different viewpoint that will help move the department forward.
DeKrey says he's always had an interest and appreciation for wildlife.
The Pettibone native is an avid deer hunter and landowner and has also served more than 30 years in the North Dakota National Guard.